The New Paltz Cemetery was formally chartered on February 18, 1861. At that time, the founders recognized the tradition of burial in small family cemeteries or adjacent to houses of worship was fading. In addition, the War Between the States was underway, causing a staggering loss of lives, requiring more burial space.

The founders purchased this beautiful site consisting of twenty acres on Rural Avenue (now Plains Road), and in subsequent years, two additional purchases brought the total area to about 32 acres.

Approximately 6,500 New Paltz area residents have been interred in the Cemetery. Our services have always been available to people of all faiths and all walks of life. One unique feature of the grounds is a specific area sanctified by a rabbi for interment of members of the Jewish faith.

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Our 150th Anniversary Celebration was a success!
Thank you to the members of our community
who came out to support us.
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Change and Growth
Our Cemetery is a not-for-profit corporation with ownership by the plot holders. An elected and volunteer Board of Trustees provides oversight, sets policy, and is committed to maintaining and improving this very unique and historical site.

Along with expanded plantings to enhance the park-like setting, we are in the process of finishing the creation of cremation gardens that will have three dedicated areas for the scattering of ashes, in-ground urn placement, or individual family columbaria.

With its scenic view of the Shawangunk Mountains to the west, the cemetery is unique in providing solace to those paying respects to loved ones as well as for others who enjoy walking, jogging, or just as a place of respite.

An Ulster County Veterans Cemetery
A special section of New Paltz Cemetery has been designated for the interment of veterans, their spouses and dependent children. The Ulster County Legislature has agreed to purchase plots for veterans.


New Paltz Cemetery
81 Plains Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561

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